Xiaomi launched Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China last month. And now everybody seems to be waiting for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 successor – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 to be official soon. Recently, a Super moderator on the MIUI forum claimed that the company will discontinue the Mi Note series and the already launched Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. But now if a report from a Chinese website, MyDrivers is to be believed, Xiaomi will certainly be launching Redmi Note 5 this year.
The website further reveals that the company is currently testing the Redmi Note 5 and it will be available for purchase sometime in the second quarter of 2018. The reason being that Xiaomi is waiting for Qualcomm to release the octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC officially. This chipset is basically a downgraded version of the Snapdragon 636 chipset that was announced in October last year.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC is rumoured to come with better support and optimisation for dual camera setup. The clock speed will be lowered down to 1.8GHz, and the GPU clock speed may be reduced as well.
As per earlier leaks, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has a 5.99-inch Full HD (2160 x 1080 pixels) display with 18:9 aspect ratio. A 2.0GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor runs the phone with the help of 3GB/4GB RAM. It offers 32GB/64GB internal storage. This 4G smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat operating system with MIUI 9 on top of it and is backed up by a 4000 mAh Li-Polymer battery which claims to offer up to 72 hours of standby time.
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The smartphone has a 12-megapixel rear camera and on the front, it has a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies. On the connectivity front, both the device supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS and dual-SIM support. It measures 158.5mm x 75.5mm x 8.05mm and weighs 179 grams.